Promote infection? Leeds United fans are celebrating their move to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years by throwing social aloofness out the window to cuddle and dance at a city street party
- Thousands of fans celebrated today at Millennium Square, Leeds
- A partying fan broke his leg after falling from a lamppost during the celebration
- The crowd was packed on Sunday with little room for social distance
- Leeds United fans traveled to the city center after a 3-1 win over Derby County
Thousands of Leeds United fans headed into the city center this afternoon, leaving little room for social distance as they celebrated promotion to the Premier League after an absence of 16 years.
West Yorkshire police were forced to arrest a number of fans for supporters sitting close to each other, singing songs and firing rockets at Millennium Square, after a 3-1 win over Derby County.
The crowd gathered just a short walk from the General Infirmary in Leeds, where NHS employees have been fighting the corona virus pandemic for months.
A partying fan had to be rushed to the hospital after falling from a lamp post and breaking his leg during the celebrations.
Thousands of Leeds United fans failed to abide by social distance rules when celebrating promotion to the Premier League today
Fans descended to the city center yesterday after going to Elland Road, the club’s home area, yesterday to celebrate promotion.
City footage shows supporters ignoring the one-meter distance rules while drinking from cans and lifting each other, blowing off blue and yellow torches.
Leeds-born IBF featherweight boxing champion Josh Warrington was also seen among the crowd of fans.
Fans were seen hugging and picking each other as they fired torches into Millennium Square
A fan was rushed to hospital with a suspected broken leg after falling from a lamp post at a party in Leeds
Someone commented on Twitter: ‘I live in Leeds and these images from fans celebrating in Millennium Square worry me that we will be following Leicester before closing in a few weeks.’
MailOnline contacted West Yorkshire police for comment.
On Saturday morning, a massive cleaning operation was underway after the promotion was secured the previous night.
Several cars were damaged and litter was left across the street after celebrations.
Andrea Radrizzani, owner of Leeds, had asked fans to consider Covid-19 when celebrating.
He said, “The past four months have been incredibly difficult for everyone around the world, but I believe the way our communities have come together has been amazing – especially here in Yorkshire, where tremendous progress has been made thanks to our values and collective spirit.
“The situation has improved, thanks to the great work done by care teams and key employees and the sacrifices we have all made.”
“But my message to all of you is that the battle against Covid-19 is not over yet and that we must remain sensible. I know many of you are desperate to express our support to our boys during this important week – but the health and well-being of our loved ones in our community must be our top priority.
Thousands of Leeds fans gathered in Millennium Square, just outside the city’s museum
Fans climbed into the Leeds City Museum building while drinking and ignoring social distance rules
“I’ve always had the feeling that football means little without the presence of fans, and now I’m sure. However, it is vital that we stay safe and also protect the people around us by staying at home. ‘
Today’s scenes were reminiscent of the crowds in Liverpool last month after the Reds won their first Premier League title.
Merseyside police closed roads near Anfield Stadium as they attempted to disperse thousands of Liverpool fans gathering off the ground.
Thousands of fans flocked to Anfield to blow off flares, sing and celebrate the title, ignoring detachments.
About 5,000 fans managed to surround the stadium before the police closed the roads leading to it, although they took no action to break the party.
A handful of uniformed police vans and officers waited close to the ground – although the celebrations were peaceful despite a lack of social distance. A police helicopter was also seen circling the ground.